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Independence Day Parade to highlight Towanda's First Friday Event on July 1


Howard Kerr, a WWII veteran, will be the Grand Marshall of the Independence Day Parade in Towanda on Friday, July 1. The parade is part of the July First Friday Celebration, which will also include street vendors, food and crafts vendors, store specials, Ben Franklin Crafts make and take patriotic crafts and community fun. The parade will begin with a fun run, a flyover by the Bradford County Pilots Association and the peeling of church bells in Towanda.

The First Friday Committee is still looking for organizations, groups and individuals to participate in the parade on July 1. Scheduled to appear in the parade are the Penn-York Highlander Bagpipes, Towanda High School Marching Band, Uncle Sam, vintage cars, fire trucks, costume characters and various local groups. If you would like to participate in the event, please contact Sharon Kaminsky at 570-268-2787 or sharon@bcrac.org.

A Firecracker Fun Run will precede the parade at 6:30 p.m. beginning at the bottom of Plank Road and proceeding along the parade route on Main St. ending at the corner of Elizabeth and Main Streets. Everyone is invited to participate in the run. The parade steps off at 7 p.m.

Ben Franklin Crafts will be hosting a Patriotic Quilt Show and will present the American Valor Quilt donated by the Ghent Hill Quilt Club and Ben Franklin Crafts to the Grand Marshall of the parade during the patriotic ceremony following the parade on the courthouse steps. The ceremony will begin with the National Anthem performed by local singers and followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Joel Crayton. The Key to the City will be presented to the Grand Marshall of the parade by Towanda Borough Mayor, Garrett Miller.  A speech will be given by the Bradford County Veterans and the Memorial Park Association. Tina Pickett will present all participating WWII veterans with a certificate of participation and Ben Franklin will be handing out 100 copies of the Declaration of Independence.

Convertibles and drivers are being recruited to carry veterans.  There could be up to 50 WWII veterans who will need rides. Volunteers are asked to call 570-265-8688 and ask for Jay Cory.

The First Friday Committee invites all community members to become involved in First Friday events and thanks the business sponsors of this year’s parade including Chemung Canal Bank and First Liberty Bank. First Friday is made possible by the following participating organizations and businesses: Ben Franklin Crafts, Dry Goods Plus and Deli, Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Costume Capers, Borton-Lawson Engineering, KZFM Radio, Wiggle 100, YMCA, Pennsylvania North Country Artisan Center and Store, Weigh Station CafĂ©, Memorial Hospital Wellness Department, Country Peddler, Nancy's Purple Iris, Rainbow's End and St Agnes School and other community participants.

First Friday is a community event open to all community members and began as an effort to build community and bring people out on the town to mingle with neighbors and friends. 

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